Cultural Agenda: Dubai Design Week 2021

Here are our top five attractions not to miss.

09 Nov 2021, words by Aneesha Rai in Design & Architecture

Dubai Design Week 2021

Dubai Design Week is one of the most anticipated design shows of the year. Running from 8-13 November, this exciting show hosts a series of talks, panels, up and coming designers, local design and exciting workshops for all. Here are five things you shouldn't miss at Dubai Design Week 2021:

1. Downtown Design

Downtown Design 2021

Taking place in the d3 waterfront district, Downtown Design runs from 8-12 November with representation of brands from over 20 countries. The fair this year will also feature the largest exhibition of limited-edition and collectible design to date, with a particular focus on the Middle East’s creative scene. Leading architects, interior and product designers and new, upcoming creative talents will be present throughout the four days to share their insights, strategies and new creative directions amongst a series of conferences, workshops and networking events.

2. MENA Grad Show

MENA Grad show

An exciting avenue to spot new talent, the MENA Grad Show always has something exciting to offer. Browse through local talent and experience social impact innovation projects in the fields of technology, science and design from universities across the region. The graduates of these projects will also be on hand during the exhibition to answer any questions and to tell you more about their work.

3. UAE Designer Exhibition

UAE DEsigner

View the up and coming local designers and creatives across the UAE in this unique second of its kind showcase. Taking place within Downtown Design, the exhibition is a continual platform for the local creative community, offering emerging talents and young practitioners the chance to enter the next stage of their practices; to launch new work, exposure from industry professionals and experts, and establish possible commercial leads and collaborations.

4. Making Space

Art work

A personal favorite and definitely one to look out for, Dubai Design Week this year is going to be an absolute haven for hands-on workshops and activities catering to all ages.  With a focus on paper, plastic and play, you can choose from a plethora of activities - ranging from clay shaping to line art workshops. All workshops are facilitated by independent makers, designers and small businesses working in the UAE. Make sure you secure your spot before going!

5. The Marketplace

Marketplace at d3 | Dubai Design Week

Running this weekend on the 12th and 13th in d3, you have the chance to support regionally based designers by buying their wares & art. There's plenty of food options available, with pasties from The Lunch Bureau to West African vegan food. There is a curated selection to support designers and producers working in Beirut; from mouth blown glass and artisanal Lebanese food to ceramics, and unique hand-crafted designs. There will be 30+ workshops carried out this weekend alone, across all ages.